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VIDEO: Discover How to “Unbreak” Broken Ceramics

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Kintsugi is a Japanese craft I recently came across that both repairs and beautifies broken objects using gold leaf. By accentuating the break rather than hiding it, kintsugi honors the history of the object. What a refreshingly postive take on breakage! While the traditional method requires some major know-how, my updated take will have your broken ceramics looking better than ever in no time. Ready to get started? Keep reading for my step-by-step instructions.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Mix

To get started, mix a quarter-size amount of epoxy on a disposable surface like a paper plate or a scrap of cardboard. Next add a pea-size amount of mica powder to the epoxy, and mix thoroughly. I like to use the end of a matchstick for this.

Glue and Stick

Next, use a fresh matchstick to apply a superthin amount of epoxy to one of the broken edges of your piece. Then align the broken pieces and press them together so that the gold glue seeps out in a fine line along the crack. Work in sections if you have a more complicated break. Let the piece dry according to the instructions on the epoxy. The glue sets pretty fast, but it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on the pieces as they dry so that you can nudge them back into place if they slip.

Voilà! Good as (or better than?) new!

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Photos by Manuel Rodriguez

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4 Responses to “VIDEO: Discover How to “Unbreak” Broken Ceramics”

  1. susan st.john says:

    I love old, vintage pieces and when I find something that is less than perfect, some blemishes don’t bother me in the least. I have a fantastic lead crystal water decanter that has some tiny chips on the rim…I got it for $2. It is so beautiful and a testament to craftsmanship, it doesn’t bother me that it is less than perfect. It represents a time of beauty and opulence. This solution also encourages people to use what they have and if the item breaks, it can still live on…Thanks!

  2. Dusty Ling says:

    Wonderful, beautiful and practical way to save one’s beloved pieces. Thank you for sharing

  3. Sterling Hutchinson says:

    Is the ceramic still food safe using these materials?

  4. Elle says:

    I second Sterling’s question. I’m a ceramicist and have a broken dinnerware piece I’ve been waiting to Kintsugi but its been so long I’d like it fixed already. Is this epoxy food/wash safe?

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